Movement Based Meditation

Contrary to popular belief, meditation doesn’t need to be carried out sitting perfectly still in the lotus position. This is especially true of Movement Meditation which simply put, is meditation while moving. More specifically, it is moving while being minutely aware of the movements of the body (i.e. how the legs feels when tensing) and the outside elements occurring in tandem with those movements (i.e. the smells of the air, the sound of your feet hitting the pavement).

Ideal for people with energetic bodies and spirits who grow restless while sitting still, movement meditation provides the body with a physical outlet for its energy while at the same time stimulating circulation. It is commonly practiced through walking meditation, an activity that releases tension while at the same time creating a calm mind.

It is also commonly practiced by walking a labyrinth or practicing mindfulness during T’ai Chi or Yoga. Even a routine trip to the gym can be a great time to practice movement based mindfulness!

Please see below for articles on these topics as well as further instructions and information on Movement Based Meditations including the traditional Buddhist Walking Meditation.

Wherever your path may take you, movement based meditation is a useful tool for calming your mind while on the go.

Movement Based Meditation Articles:

Meditating Outside – The Benefits

The Benefits of Meditation Out of Doors It’s summer. It’s warm and sunny. The blue skies and great outdoors are calling. And if you’re like me, you’re probably listening and more than ready to head outside! Maybe you’re heading outside to go swimming or wakeboarding or maybe just to lounge on […]

woman meditating outside on the grass

An Introduction to Paths of Yoga

It seems that everywhere you turn these days there is either a yoga studio nearby, an advertisement for yoga on display, or someone talking about yoga. It’s no secret that yoga is a hot topic in today’s society. To seasoned yoga practioners however, it is so much more than just […]

Being Present – A simple walking exercise

There are times when life feels too busy to take the time for a sit down meditation. Although a full focus meditation seems to bring best results you can still benefit from being “mindful” of what you are doing. This exercise is about taking your mind away from thinking, planning and worrying for a […]

Exercise Your Meditation

Why not turn part of your exercise routine into a mediation practice? Think of it, multitasking that is HEALTHY and ENJOYABLE, stress releasing instead of stressful! When I was on the treadmill, stationary bike or rowing machine at the gym I would often daydream, a pleasant enough way to make the time […]

T’ai Chi As Meditation

I write about T’ai Chi as a meditation because the slow, gentle “forms” are like a moving meditation. You gain physical strength and balance through the series of concise rhythmic  movements, while at the same time you are focussing your full attention (mindful meditation) on each individual movement. With the […]

Tai_Chi_Young_and_Old photo by Peter Harrison

Labyrinth Meditation

The difference between a maze and a labyrinth is that a maze has several paths and directions like a big puzzle, and a labyrinth is a single path that leads to the center. Large labyrinths can be very complex but if you look at them from the top down you […]

Warm up for Chakra meditations

This quick series of movements is meant to help you get in touch with your body and open up the “lower” chakras a little bit before you sit to meditate. It is also a reminder that body mind and spirit are all interconnected. You could consider them to be a […]

Buddhist Walking Meditation

I would like to give you a variety of different kinds of meditations to choose from, including those I am not personally familiar with. (I enjoy sitting meditations best because I find it easier to concentrate). For people who have trouble sitting still for that long, this 3 minute video […]